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  October 11th, 2023 | Written by

USPS Announces 2023 Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines with No Additional Charges

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USPS Unveils Important 2023 Holiday Shipping Guidelines, Maintains Predictable Pricing

The U.S. Postal Service is gearing up for the approaching holiday season, providing essential information on holiday shipping and mailing deadlines for 2023. These deadlines encompass domestic, international, and military destinations to ensure the timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages by December 25th.

No Extra Holiday Fees

In a customer-friendly move, the Postal Service has confirmed there will be no peak or demand surcharge this holiday season. This decision offers customers predictable pricing and transparency. The Postal Service has long prided itself on offering straightforward pricing throughout the year, with no additional charges for residential area delivery, Saturday delivery, fuel surcharges, or volume minimums. As always, USPS remains the most cost-effective choice for mailing and shipping during the holidays.

2023 USPS Holiday Shipping and Mailing Deadlines

Within the Continental U.S. (Excludes Alaska and Hawaii)

– USPS Ground Advantage — December 16
– First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) — December 16
– Priority Mail — December 18
– Priority Mail Express — December 20


– USPS Ground Advantage — December 16
– First-Class Mail — December 16
– Priority Mail — December 18
– Priority Mail Express — December 20


– USPS Ground Advantage — December 16
– First-Class Mail — December 16
– Priority Mail — December 16
– Priority Mail Express — December 20

Air/Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)

– USPS Ground Advantage — November 6
– First-Class Mail — December 9
– Priority Mail — December 9
– Priority Mail Express Military Service — December 15*
*Priority Mail Express Military Service is not available for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP codes starting with 093.

International Mail

International mail deadlines vary based on the destination. Detailed information can be found in the International Mail and Shipping Services section. The Postal Service offers secure international shipping to over 180 countries, making it a reliable choice for global shipping needs.

USPS Ground Advantage

A new shipping option introduced this year is USPS Ground Advantage, a service that provides a simple, dependable, and cost-effective way to ship packages with guaranteed delivery within 2-5 business days, depending on the distance.

Convenient Shipping Options

In addition to its network of retail locations, USPS offers customers the ability to purchase shipping labels, order Priority Mail packaging, and schedule free carrier pickups through the Postal Service’s Click-N-Ship platform. Customers using this platform can access Commercial Shipping Rates, applicable to all domestic package labels, simplifying the shipping process.

Postal Service Prepared for Peak Season

The Postal Service’s extensive reach, covering 165 million addresses nationwide and serving every state, city, and town, positions it as the ideal choice for holiday shipping. Its commitment to serving military and diplomatic addresses at domestic prices sets it apart as the only delivery service catering to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses.

For additional tools and tips to help customers prepare for the bustling holiday season, the USPS Holiday Newsroom is a valuable resource.